The Passage Of Time
16 Nov - 1 Dec 2012
Hauntingly beautiful and precisely rendered, Robert Ryan’s work is often miniature in scale, but always large in impact. Grounded in the post modern tradition with allusions to classical landscapes, his evocative paintings celebrate the universality of life and explore themes of nature, spirituality, truth and innocence.
By utilizing a generic non-specific four legged animal, Ryan creates an otherworldly landscape that is at once strange and yet familiar, drawing us into his imagined macrocosmos and asking questions about the nature of and cycle of life.
Ryan was born in Limerick and lives and works in the environs of Lough Gur, the mythical beauty of which is echoed in his work. He graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1987, and has travelled extensively visiting over 60 countries on all continents. His interests in travel and zoology inform his work, posing the questions that he answers so eloquently in paint.
He has exhibited extensively in Ireland and abroad and his work is included in many important collections including the National Portrait Collection, National Contemporary Drawing Collection and Office of Public Works Collection. This will be his first solo show at Peppercanister Gallery.